Episode #2084: Best Ways to Build a Shed | Granite Countertops |Avoiding Termite Trouble | Fast Fixes for Cracked Walls

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Building a Shed is a fun DIY project. But did you know that whether the shed is grove, steel or vinyl, really ONE pace can signify the difference between a shed that lasts for a season and one that can last decades. We share that tip plus the best options for removed storage.Nothing deters your dwelling gaping modernized better than a current kitchen. If you’re thinking about switching out age-old kitchen countertops for granite, we’ll have design tips-off to help.In the 20 years Tom devoted as a professional home inspector, he often told his clients there are three kinds of houses: Those that HAD a termite question, those that HAVE a termite problem, and those that WILL GET a termite difficulty! We’ve got mixtures for deterring termites…and their costly damage … away from YOUR home. Before we had walls made of drywall, we had walls made of plaster. Now, numerous homes have walls made of plaster crackings! We’ll tell you how to fix those plaster blunders- the easy space.

Plus, provide answers to your home increase a matter of new home warranties, repairing a chapped garage floor, installing outdoor shutters, repair a rip linoleum flooring, installing smart switches, landscaping over a septic field.

Do you have a home improvement or decor question? Call the show 24/7 at 888 -MONEY-PIT ( 888 -6 66 -3 974) or post your question here.

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EPISODE # 2084: Best Practice to Build a Shed | Granite Countertops | Avoiding Termite Trouble | Fast Fixes for Cracked Walls

TOM: Coast to coast and floorboards to shingles, this is The Money Pit Home Improvement Show. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: And we are here to help you take on your DIY projects or maybe you need to hire a pro to get it done. We’ll give you some advice to do only that. We want to help you appoint your best home ever.

We’ve got a great show in store for you today. First up, in the 20 times that I invest as a professional home inspector, I often told my consumers there are three kinds of houses: those that had a termite difficulty, those that have a termite problem and those that will get a termite problem. We’ve seen them all and we’ve get natural mixtures for preventing termites and their costly damage away from your home.

LESLIE: And before we had walls made of drywall, “weve had” walls made of plaster. And now a lot of residences have walls made out of plaster rifts. You know, it happens. So we’re going to tell you how to fix those plaster mistakes the easy way.

TOM: And structure a shed is a fun DIY project for outpouring. But did you know that whether a shed is wood, sword or vinyl, time one pace can entail the distinctions between a shed that lasts for a season and one that can last-place for decades? We’ll share that tip and more, precisely ahead.

LESLIE: But first, we’re here to assist you procreate your best home ever. So help yourself first by hit out with your home improvement question. You’re going to get the answer, plus you are able even prevail a great tool from Arrow Fastener.

TOM: Yeah, that’s right. We’ve got the Arrow E2 1 Cordless Electric Staple Gun, along with a afford of staples worth 50 bucks to give away to one listener depicted at random. So obligate that you. You’ve got to call us with a question and that crowd is 1-888-MONEY-PIT. Or you can post your question at MoneyPit.com.

Let’s get to it. Leslie, who’s firstly?

LESLIE: We’ve came Tina in Delaware. How can we help?

TINA: Hi, Leslie. I was actually announcing in matters relating to a dwelling that we purchased about a year ago. And then, throughout that year, we’ve merely been disclosing a lot of problems with the house. And I was more curious to know whether there is a lemon law, so to speak?

TOM: I’m not aware of a lemon rule for new construction. But how long have you been in this house?

TINA: It’ll be- it was a year in November.

TOM: And did you have a new-home warranty on it?

TINA: Yes. So they are coming back and setting the issues.

TOM: Did you contact the warranty company or just the developer?

TINA: My husband has been dealing with only the builder.

TOM: So, listen, a couple of things. This may or may not apply to you since it could possibly be too late. But if you buy a brand-new dwelling and it has a homeowner’s warranty , notice to the make constitutes no notice to the warranty company. So I would tell you right away to contact the warranty company. Let them know you’ve had questions, because there are some things that there’s coverage for beyond the first time. Of track, you get the most coverage in the first year.

Secondly, make sure you’re doing everything in writing with both the make and the warranty company so you have a record. I’m not aware of a lemon-law situation but if you’ve lost confidence in your developer and in a better quality of the construction, what I might show you do is hire your own professional home inspector and have the building examined. So this mode, you know whether or not it has any serious problems or not.

Sometimes, what you look at and think of as serious, like a fingernail daddy or something like that or entrance doesn’t relatively close title, “couldve been” typical with new construction. But an independent professional can assure you or alert you if there really is a problem.

Those would be my suggestions, beyond speaking with an advocate if it gets real serious. But I remember, first of all, you’ve got to figure out how deep “youre ever”, in terms of issues with this house, and then make the most appropriate steps. And I thoughts having it assessed by an independent professional – you should go to the American Society of Home Inspectors’ website to find one, because those people are the best. That’s HomeInspector.org, HomeInspector.o-r-g. And then you’ll find one in your expanse that can do a great job.

Good luck with that job. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Alright. Philip in Arkansas is on the line and has some questions about smart swaps. How can we help?

PHILIP: For about a month or so, I’ve been always kind of wanting to turn most of my single-pole light buttons in my house into a smart button. Well, such as- for example, my living room.

TOM: Right.

PHILIP: I’ve been trying to kind of think of how will I do this. I’m an IT guy here, feeling how can I turn an IT concept into an electrical concept? Well, I was doing some research and everything. And a good deal of electricians were trying to tell me, “You need a ground wire, a neutral cable and a laden wire.” Well, every single switch that I had been doing research and noticing out there all had four. I’m like, “Well, how am I going to do this? Two loads, a field and a neutral? How am I going to do this? ” Well, turns out that there’s exclusively one label out there, that I know noticed anyways.

That’s why I was kind of turning to you guys, because when I was told you all’s podcast and everything, I’m ever- and how you all are finding ways around things. I said, “Let me turn to these guys. See if they have heard of anything else, ” because I’m looking at all these different symbols and they’re all located off of four wires: two loadings, a dirt and a neutral. My system doesn’t have that, so that’s why I was kind of hoping perhaps you all knew of something.

TOM: One brand that I would recommend, that we have a lot of personal knowledge of, is Lutron Caseta. L-u-t-r-o-n and Caseta- C-a-s-e-t-a. If you simply Google “Lutron smart-home commodities, ” this is a line of very sophisticated smart-home smartphone controls. So, they’ve got the swaps. They’ve got all the different lighting organisations. You could have mingled types of light on this. You can have all sorts of things. And it also is programmed in with the sun. So in the winter, the beacons come on outside earlier than they would in the summer and that kind of stuff. It’s a really smart system and really well made.

And the neat thing about Lutron is that they have a 24/7 label core that’s staffed by technicians. So when you run into these types of questions, you can call them and they will have a solution for you. So, I would recommend the Lutron by Caseta wireless smart-home produces very highly. I think you’ll find your mixture right there and you won’t have to deal with all of these minds from all these electricians. You’ll be able to do the majority of members of this yourself.

These are the chaps that developed the dimmer, OK? That’s how long this company’s been around. They were the first inventors of the dimmers. You know when they used to be big, round grips on the wall? They invented it. So I is certainly take a look at the Lutron Caseta Wireless System. I think you’ll be satisfied with that.

Thanks so much for announcing us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

Well, if you’ve got a question about your money pit, we’ll do our best to give you an answer, plus maybe some implements to get the job done.

LESLIE: That’s right. We’ve got up for grabs, this hour, the Arrow E2 1 Cordless Electric Staple Gun. This really is a must-have tool for any DIYer or woodworker, even the pros out there. You’re going to get a battery life of up to 3 hours and you can fire as numerous as 1,000 staples on a single price. That is pretty amazing.

You can get a lot of projects done. I convey genuinely, it’s perfect for restores, upholstery, embellishing, craftsmanships. You worded it, you can work on it with it.

TOM: Yep. That Arrow E2 1 Cordless Electric Staple Gun, along with a supply of staples, is worth about 50 bucks and going out to one listener outlined at random from those that call us with a home increase question or berth one online at MoneyPit.com. That digit, again: 888 -6 66 -3 974.

LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve came Annette from Massachusetts on the line who’s busy lope home increase errands. What’s going on with these windows, Annette?

ANNETTE: Well, it seems like my windows. They all- I think it’s a certain degree, when it’s probably 20 and below. All the windows have a condensation.

TOM: The reason that you have condensation on the inside of your windows is because your windows are not insulated. So, basically, what happens is you have warm, moist air inside the house. It strikes the cold glass. As the temperature of that air wintries, it releases irrigate, it releases humidity. You know, think about the summer when you take a glass of frosted tea and you go outside and you get- the outside of the glass comes soak. That’s kind of what’s happening here. And it’s an indication that your windows are not as efficient as they could be.

Now, I’m not saying you have to replace your windows but I’m just trying to explain why it happens. It may not be a bad time to do that, depending on your budget and how much of a problem this is for you, because they’re probably not insulating very well, either.

And the other thing that you can do is just make sure that inside the house, you’re venting as much moisture as you can. So, for example, in your kitchen, if you have a recirculating air cleaner above your stove, that’s not really venting the moisture out. In your shower, if you don’t use the vent devotees and don’t make the sweat out, that’s leaving moisture in the chamber of representatives. And then outside the chamber of representatives, if you find that your ditches are clogged or your soil’s real flat so where reference is rains, a good deal of liquid stays really close to the foundation, that actually can work its way into the house, as well.

So those are some of the things that you could do to try to address this. But it’s going to be a factor of that temperature differentiation between inside and outside. That freezing glass is always going to have some water droplets condense on it and that’s why more energy-efficient windows are thermal-pane. They’re isolated so you never get that kind of difference in temperature. And hence, you don’t get the irrigate condensation.

Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

Well, guys, I depleted 20 times as a professional home inspector and often told my clients that there exists three various kinds of mansions: those that had termite questions, those that have a termite question and those that will probably get a termite problem. But if you take the title steps now to keep termites away, there’s a good chance you can keep your home off the termite menu.

LESLIE: That’s right. This is the time of year to get it on. Termites are going to nest in clay all wintertime but come springtime, they’re busting out in search of some new menu. And your home’s walls? Well, those are their favorite banquet. And they’re hungry.

TOM: Yeah, then there. And you are eligible to keep those termites from chowing down on your home, in a few rooms. First, for starters, moisture and grove are termites’ favorite tacts. So, remain those stakes of firewood or mulch away from your exterior walls.

LESLIE: Yeah. And keep your ditches clear. Termites affection overflowing gutters, so keep them clear, to be maintained pointed away from your room so that that runoff is going to wash the glitches further away from the foundation and not directly towards it.

TOM: And if your porch or crawlspace is dirt-filled, keep an eye out for indicates of the faults. For instance, if you ensure stilts of abandoned wings or you check cracked or suds draw or mud passages, that’s something important to check for on the home’s outside walls. You can also check your vault walls, your crawlspace walls inside, extremely between the lumber making and the walls itself. If you assure these sand-colored tubes, this really is superhighways for termites. That’s how they get back and forth between the grime and your home. And it’s emphatically time to call a pest pro.

And if you have to call one, medications today are really effective because the termites don’t know that they’re there. And so, as they go back and forth through the clay, they pick up these treatment chemicals and bring it back to the termite’s nest and that takes care of it once and for all.

LESLIE: Alright. Heading over to Texas. We’ve went Mike on the line who’s got a question about a garage. What’s going on?

MIKE: I’ve got a garage. I’ve been living here 40 times and I’ve got a crack- about four sounds- in my garage, in the slab.


MIKE: And I’ve talked to different contractors and “theyre saying”, well, I had to have it chiseled out and time repoured. I was wondering if there’s any epoxy or anything I can lay- kept a top-dressing cover over or anything?

TOM: Yeah. So why would you concerned about here? Are you subjects of concern a expedition safety? Is it displaced from one line-up or another or is it truly cosmetic? What’s your concern?

MIKE: It’s just cosmetic. If I ever wanted to sell it, parties would meet the crackings and it …

TOM: Well, first of all, you should understand that fissures in a garage floor are not structural. It’s just a sound in the slab. It’s most likely caused by shrinkage and village. It has no impact on the structural surrounding of the building. So, you don’t have to worry about experiencing a rift in the floor and starting, “Oh, I envisage the building’s in bad shape.” It’s actually not. Think of it as a really durable carpeting across the grease floor.

MIKE: Right.

TOM: If you want to try to deal with it, two things. QUIKRETE makes a number of crack fillers and sealers, that you are eligible to mostly use a caulking gun and implant it into the crack. And they sometimes will tell you to widen the sound a little bit, extremely if it’s hairline.

And then beyond that, you could recoat that flooring, once you got those rifts closed, exactly to stop moisture. And Daich Coatings makes a product called DaiHard. It’s a garage-floor coating kit. Super durable, very beautiful. And that will leave that storey gazing absolutely fantastic.

So, that’s what I would do. I would seal the hits and then I would coat that part flooring with the Daich Coatings garage-floor product. It truly worked very well and it’s a super-durable product. And I reflect the garage will look fantastic. D-a-i-c-h- Coatings.com.

MIKE: I will gaze them up. Hey, I sure appreciate – you have a great show. And thank you so much for the help.

LESLIE: Barry in North Carolina is on the line and looking for some help with a sunroom. Tell us what you’re working on.

BARRY: Well, we’ve got a 12 x15 sunroom and it’s merely- it gets cold and it gets red-hot. It’s double-pane glass, segregated. And it’s about 2 cm thick for the bottom part. But it’s like all metal, all aluminum and it’s time cold and sizzling. And I merely want to know- and it is ducted; there’s an air duct out there.


BARRY: And is there anything I can do to make it warmer in the winter and cool in the summer?

TOM: Well, what’s going on here, Barry, is you are not putting enough cool breeze or heated air in that cavity to deal with the hot loss that’s going on. So, I infer now this- whatever it is you did is extended your HVAC system into this space? Is that how it’s ducted, when you say it’s ducted?


TOM: Alright. And this is typical. The HVAC system is not sized precisely for that area and for the heat loss in that area and for the hot gain in the summer. This is a perfect scenario, though, for you to add a kind of method called a “mini-split ductless.” A mini-split ductless is basically three segments: you have an indoor unit that hangs on the wall; you have an outdoor unit that’s a very small, very quiet, very efficient compressor; and you have copper tubing that connects the two.

And you would buy one that’s just big enough for this sunroom and what it would do is supplement the central heat or cold breath that’s coming through the pipe systems and balance it out. It can have its own thermostat and can supply warm air in the winter and cold breeze in the summer and become that office thoroughly comfy. There’s little else that you can do to insulate the structure. It’s simply a very cold structure by its nature, a sunroom. But a mini-split ductless is a good concoction to install to offset this out.

You might want to take a look at this website: ConstantComfort.com. That’s the website for the Fujitsu Company. I personally have a Fujitsu mini-split ductless in my role because the room, just like you say, it’s too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter. And it’s been the perfect addition to my HVAC plan, because it genuinely does this infinite comfortable.

BARRY: I’ve seen those components attached before but typically they’re mounted up high.


BARRY: Can they be attached down low-toned?

TOM: I believe they can. But the higher the better, particularly for the freezing aura so it falls.

BARRY: But there’s exclusively like 21/2 feet of solid case down below; the rest of it is all window.

TOM: Well, what about the wall against the house where the ducts come through?

BARRY: That’s a quality. I hadn’t thought about that.

TOM: Yeah, examine, it doesn’t have to be on the exterior wall.


TOM: It can- and in fact, you would want to have it on the interior wall- against the chamber of representatives, where the canals “re coming”- and organized up high. And you’ll be amazed at how cozy that opening will be.

That website, again, is ConstantComfort.com. You can check out the Fujitsus there. And they likewise have an energy-efficiency calculator so you can figure out pretty much how much energy you save.

Problem is that we structure these rooms and we supplement them on to our mansion. We try to extend the heating and cooling systems …

LESLIE: And it simply applies too much push on the system.

TOM: Yeah, it’s time not enough.

BARRY: OK. Very good. That answers my question then.

TOM: Alright. Good luck with that projection. Thanks so much for announcing us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Elaine in Delaware needs some assist with a flooring job. What can we do for you?

ELAINE: I’m mainly concerned about the fact that I have some relief animals and some kids. And each time I try to think of what I can do- when I lift up this carpet and articulated a surface down, I need something durable. And I was just thinking about wood and then I was just thinking about Pergo and everybody says, “No, the dog will scratch it or the children will scratch it.” And then I saw something at a hospital the other day- actually, you are familiar with, like an x-ray area, where it takes a lot of traffic?

TOM: Right.

ELAINE: And it looked like a heavy-duty plastic, plasticized type of imitation wood. And I tried to find out where they got it from but it’s nothing I can find in going to the local patronizes, like Lowe’s and Home Depot.

TOM: Right. It might have been luxury vinyl, although I disbelieve that in a hospital. What I think you might want to consider is laminate. Pergo is just one brand of laminate. But remember that there are different finishes on these floorings and you want to find one that has a business finish.

LESLIE: That are able to make it the most durable.

TOM: Yeah, really super-durable.

I think the best option now and the one that’s most accessible is to think about apply laminate flooring. Laminate flooring can look like lumber, it can look like tile, it can look like vinyl. And if you get one that has a commercial-grade finish on it, it can clearly stand up to the minors and the dogs.

ELAINE: I appreciate that very much.

TOM: You’re welcome, Elaine. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, long before we had walls made of drywall, plaster genuinely was the material of hand-picked for wall-and-ceiling construction. But often, your dwelling is settling and the older homes have ended quite a bit. And that allows sounds to use in the plaster surfaces.

TOM: Yeah. And really covering over the cracks solves nothing. Spackling over the rifts solves nothing. And weeping off the plaster to remake can be very time-consuming and not extremely economic. But there is a way to amend liberate plaster walls.

LESLIE: Yeah. And there really is only one correct way to constitute repairs to plaster walls that’s going to look good and it’s going to last.

Alright. So, first, let’s start by talking about how a plaster-and-lath wall works. So, lath are sort of like timber slats, almost like tomato deposits. They’re attached to the studs of the wall framework there about 1/2 -inch apart. Then the plaster is made and sort of smushed onto it and smoothed out. And it various kinds of grips its way behind the lath and then adheres. And that’s your wall construction.

TOM: Yeah. And what happens is over time, that secure, as you so accurately described above, tightens up and that’s what separates the plaster from the lath. And plaster is actually heavy. And if it comes, it could really hurt somebody.

So, here’s the way to fix it. You want to first use a masonry flake and drill holes along both sides of the crack, then use a vacuum to clean out that loose junks. And then, you want to pick up a plaster-adhesive kit. It’s a special glue. Usually has a conditioning spray, which is kind of like a primer. You positioned a couple of squirts of that in the hole and then you gave the cement in. And then there’s a piece of equipment called a “plaster washer” that you screw through the plaster, into the ornaments or the lath. And it plucks that loose plaster right against the wood where the adhesive is applied. And then you just leave it alone for about a day or two and you gather that plaster ring off- the plaster washer off. And now the plaster is well-attached once again and truly does not pull out.

LESLIE: Yeah. No. But does it ever make sense to kind of exactly get rid of all the plaster and start with drywall or start again with brand-new plaster?

TOM: No. I mean in my view and in my experience- and I’ve done this both methods, Leslie. I’ve had walls that were badly cracked, where I decided it was- there were too many fissures to repair.

Now, if you’ve get walls that look like that, “youve been” allured to tear out the plaster and tear out the lath and really employed drywall on top of the studs. I acquired, though, by doing that, since we’re talking about very old homes, that those stud walls are very often not in an airplane. They’re not flat. They submit and change a great deal. Because think about it: when it’s plaster and it’s wet, the tradesman can smooth it out and make up for that. With drywall, you ensure every bending and change. Plus, it’s a heck of a mess.

So I met it much easier to leave those liberate plaster walls in place and then placed drywall over that. You don’t even have to use 1/2 -inch drywall; you could use 1/4 -inch drywall and kind of skin it.


TOM: And this behavior, you have a very clean surface when you’re done. Yes, you have to adjust around windows, because the wall is sticker now and channels and light-headed substitutions. But I found that clearly to be the easiest way to take on this project.

LESLIE: Alright. Tom in Missouri is calling in with a pretty crazy question. His garage is pulling away from the house. Tell us what’s going on.

TOM IN MISSOURI: My garage is pulling away from the side of my house. And we decided it was a gutter-overflow problem and we got that rectified. And now I’m wondering how to get my garage back up where that it’s not plucking away from the house. It’s pulled apart an inch or so.

TOM: OK. Once a building moves, because there is water that got under the foundation or whatever caused it to rotate, you can’t jostle it back to kind of close that gap. So, you need to get used to it in its present position.

But tell me this: is the chink that’s opened up, is that a problem from a forecast perspective? Is liquid getting into the building?


TOM: Does the roof of the garage attach to the side of the building above it or next to it? Is that where the leakage publication is?


TOM: Alright. So what you’re going to need to do is you’re going to need to reflash that: essentially take apart the roofing in that area and change it, reroof that 1- to 2-foot divest between the garage roof and the adjoining house. Because that’s plucked apart, I can only imagine that all of the flashing is extended and there’s lots of places for ocean to get in there. If you don’t do that, during driving downpour the sea will get down between the garage roof and the second-floor side wall of your home. And that’s going to cause openings and blight and all kinds of problems.

So you’re going to have to tear out the roof where it participates the building and replace it. But now that you’ve fastened the sewer question, you’ve got the foundation stable again, that should really take care of it for the long run.

Tom, good job for you there. Thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

LESLIE: Well, one of the handiest tools to have around, for projects inside and out, is a staple gun. And we’ve got a great one to give away.

TOM: Yeah. From our friends at Arrow, we’ve got the E2 1 Cordless Electric Staple Gun. It’s a must-have for any DIYer, woodworker or pro. It’s got a battery life of up to three hours. It can fire as many as 1,000 shots on a single indictment. I would be worn out before this tool is worn out.

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LESLIE: Alright. Now I’ve went Ruth in Michigan on the line. How can we help you today?

RUTH: I have an older house that’s in need of some pizzazz and want to get settled screens over my vinyl placing. Is that possible? And how would I fix them?

TOM: Yeah, it’s done all the time. And there are special fasteners that are used in that situation so that you impale the surfacing without justification a seep to happen. And most of the shutter business will sell those as one of the purposes of the shutter, extremely, so you certainly can do that.

You do want to be careful not to squish the siding because, retain, the siding is somewhat soft. And so as long as you’re careful about the channel they append, you certainly can have screens on top of vinyl. OK, Ruth?

RUTH: Alright. Well, good. I was wondering if it could be a do-it-yourself project.

TOM: Absolutely. Ruth, thanks so much for calling us at 888 -MONEY-PIT.

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TOM: And today’s project: constructing a shed. You know, these multifunctional marvels can really simplify soul by offering lots of extra storage or accommodating a small, private workspace. But functionality is not the only consideration. If you construct them well, sheds can be an attractive addition to being able to your residence that can also add value. And they’re not that expensive, so they can really be a fun, cheap DIY project.

LESLIE: Now, if you’re thinking about building a shed, here are a few tips-off that can help.

First, there really are three ways to go with a shed job and they’re all will vary depending on your stage of DIY sciences. Now, you can build a shed from contrives that you purchase online or you can build one from a kit, where all of the cases have been trimmed for you. Or you can purchase a prefabricated molted and just assemble it.

TOM: You likewise need to think about the material your removed will be built of. The hand-pickeds are wood. Of trend, lumber lets pretty much infinite customization but it is subjected to termite infestation and carpenter ants. And it does need to be treated and covered to stay in good shape. You can go with metal. It’s sturdier than wood but it will too rust and warp. And it may not include a storey. Or you can use plastic. The prefab plastic molts are durable. They’re easily made but you can’t have much customization, because they’re not really made to change.

LESLIE: Yeah. Now, regardless of the material you pick, you require your molted to look good and you want it to be functional. So you’ve got to choose a mode that accords the architectural style of your home.

For example, if your home is a two-story Colonial, don’t choose a shed with a flat roof that examines more like a chicken coop. Go with something that matches the vogue of your home.

And also, you want to think about what you’re storing in that shed and make sure that the doors are wide enough to get those things in. If you’ve got a big mower or a snowfall blower or something that you want to park inside, make sure it fits.

TOM: And lastly- and this is really, truly important, guys – you want to make sure your removed has a solid storey. Now, if the shed is ground level, I would recommend you pour a concrete pad and then build your shed on top of that. If it’s got a wood floor, make sure you don’t positioned that wood floor right on the point. It’s got to be up off the gradation so a little air comes under it. Otherwise, that floor will rot away.

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen sheds, over the years, only absolutely fall apart because the floor wasn’t patronized properly. It wasn’t expressed properly. It wasn’t built on a groundwork. It was thrown on maybe just some bricks that were laid on the clay. And that really kind of ruins the whole structure. If you build a good flooring for your shed, your shed will last for decades.

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TOM: Yeah, including one that will look great in your newly founded shed.

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LESLIE: Alright. Now we’ve get Chris from Tennessee on the line who only lay in a brand-new septic tank and needs some assist with the ground effort. What can we do for you?

CHRIS: Yes. We had some people to come and placed our septic tank in about five years ago. And the yard seemed huge when they came done with it. Now we’ve got a assortment of sinkholes and a assortment of slopes in the backyard and I just want to know the best way to fix that without messing up the septic tank and shambling up the water lines and stuff.

TOM: So, is the distribution field in the area where all these sinkholes are in this depression?

CHRIS: Yes, sir.

TOM: So you’ve got to be really careful because you don’t want to applied any heavy rig over that, because you can crush those hoses. So you can add topsoil on top of that but I wouldn’t go over it with anything heavier than a wheelbarrow full of dirt.


TOM: And so I would fill them in by hand and I would smooth that out and I would reseed it. The good information is the fact that it is more likely to grow quite nicely being over the septic environment. But I would be careful not to give anything heavy-laden, equipment-wise, into that area because you can crush the pipings and then you’re going to have a bigger problem.

CHRIS: Alright. Well, is thanks for your question and I listen to you all every day. And you all were great.

LESLIE: Julie from New Jersey contacted out with a kitchen question on MoneyPit.com. Now, Julie says, “I’m ready to install my granite countertop. Should I do the 4-inch backsplash of granite or should the granite rise blush to the wall and then use a tile backsplash? Some am telling the granite backsplash is outdated.”

I aim I don’t adoration that glance but some people do.

TOM: Yeah. Well, I suppose the small backsplash is outdated but the full backsplash that goes all the way up to the underside of the kitchen cabinet, do you think that’s OK?

LESLIE: It depends, absolutely, on the examine of the granite. If you have something that’s a very busy graining or a great deal of speckling, it might seem kind of busy. But I do love that waterfall look, where it even goes all the way up behind your cooktop, behind the vent scarf. It really is such an interesting focal point.

So if you are happy with the appear of your countertops and you want to sort of accentuate that, go ahead and use that same countertop fabric as a full backsplash. Or pick something that’s sort of similar but different, sort of in the same family, and then lent tile to the other parts of it. So you can really sort of mix and equal these materials and the feel of it to create a beautifully personalized kitchen space.

TOM: Yeah. And in either lawsuit, though, you just wanted to settled the countertop in first and then you rest the backsplash on top of the countertop , not the other way around.

LESLIE: Alright. Next up, we’ve got one here from Jack. Now, Jack is moving to Pennsylvania and he says, “I’m thinking of getting a heat pump installed in a house that I’m buying in Western PA. Currently, it has a gas furnace but no chill. The project of blending heating and cooling in one unit seems to make sense but I’d like some other opinions.”

TOM: You know, Jack, I would definitely never give up my gas furnace to go with a heat spout, particularly in your part of the country. It’s going to be a lot more expensive to heat your dwelling, because you’re mostly going to a organize of electrical heat.

And the behavior a hot spout designs is it’s kind of like an air conditioner that has a reversing mode. And when it jobs downwards, it situates heat in the house instead of cool air in the house. And that’s reasonably efficient. But the problem is that when the house genuinely starts to call for a lot of heat, the heat spout won’t keep up and then it delivers on its backup system, which is straight electric-resistance heat. I think you’re going to see soaring electrical bills.

So I would definitely never give up the gas furnace. If it is time to replace the furnace, sure, you can buy a brand-new one, put your air conditioning in at the same time. But I is certainly think about going with a more efficient gas furnace and not even a high-efficiency heat pump when you have gas accessible. I think it’s just going to be a step that you will really, genuinely mis, especially when that first winter electrical statute shown in at your entrance. You’re going to be- “What? Oh, my goodness! ”

LESLIE: Ooh. And it’s going to be expensive.

TOM: Absolutely.

LESLIE: Now, Tom, you only totally ameliorated your heating system at home and became with one that was very efficient. Can you tell us about how you have selected it and development projects itself?

TOM: Well, yeah. We had an old-time, cast-iron, gas-fired boiler. And the thing that was really surprising about this- we ousted it with a combi boiler, who is currently a very small machine about the size of a kitchen cabinet. It does heat and hot water.

And one of the things that surprised us- we knew we were going to have a massive increase in efficiency- energy efficiency. But the old boiler was set in a lieu in the vault that was underneath the breakfast nook and the living-room area. So if you think about it, you had a cast-iron boiler, minimum separation around that and then a big vent pipe that went to the chimney. That was kind of like a radiator under the floor of our residence. So, the floors were always kind of warm. Now that we don’t have that, the storeys are cold.

So I’m having trouble balancing the freezing first floor with the heated second storey. So , now, my next activity is to insulate the entire first floor of my house. So, it’s what we ever say, the three more expensive words of dwelling progress …

LESLIE: While you’re at it.

TOM: Or while you’re at it is the four or might as well, the three, absolutely.

LESLIE: Oh, my goodness. Well, good assignment anyway.

TOM: Thank you so much, guys, for spending a part of your home better era with us. We hope that we’ve helped you shape some progress on those projects. Maybe gave you a few doctrines for jobs you’d like to take on in the near future.

If you’ve went questions, retain, you can always reach out to us at MoneyPit.com or on our social-media locates, including Facebook.com/ TheMoneyPit.

But for now, that’s all the time we have. I’m Tom Kraeutler.

LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete.

TOM: Remember, you can do it yourself …

LESLIE: But you don’t have to get it on alone.


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